I was recently posed a simple question: “What makes a church innovative in fulfilling the Great Commission?” Innovation is making creative changes or introducing a new perspective on something already firmly established.
The Great Commission is established in Matthew 28, right before Christ ascends into heaven, leaving the disciples to continue the good news message of great hope and security. Since Scripture is the incarnate Word, unchanging as God is unchanging, how does one innovate on the gospel?
Obviously, the message itself doesn’t change – rather the mode, means, and ways of communication change. Scripture is sufficient; no other additions or subtractions to the gospel are necessary. Indeed, such changes are heresy. But the way we spread the gospel must be contextualized to the culture. You’ll never reach anyone without going and telling – couch potato Christians will never be great soul winners. Additionally, you’ll find difficulty in reaching people for Christ without first connecting with them – you must somehow communicate validly to them the unchanging gospel message. Whatever barriers exist (language, culture, etc), they must first be broken.
So when I came across this church, which is broadcasting their pastor’s every move for five weeks straight (24-hours a day), it got my attention. They call the undertaking “my naked pastor.” This nakedness, or transparency according to them, is to demonstrate how we all live in a fishbowl. Their goal? To reveal that the more transparent people are, the more God does amazing things through them. Without a doubt, it’s an innovative way to spark a connection between people, the church, and God. But what do you think? Does a stunt like this break down barriers or put up new ones? How could it help further the gospel message?